The human body works like a computer system, to some extent. When one component is not working correctly, other parts of the system suffer, and eventually crash. In humans, specialists have always considered that there is a connection between heart health and brain health. In a new study, the researchers managed to link cardiovascular diseases to cognitive impairment.
According to recent research from the Heart and Stroke Foundation, people with heart conditions are at high risk of developing cognitive impairments. Everything seems connected with the blood flow. Cardiovascular diseases that cause the blood to circulate slower through arteries might cause brain health issues because the oxygenized blood is reaching to the brain in lower volumes than usual.
A 49-year-old patient, Anjie Valgardson, experienced both heart conditions and cognitive impairment. She explained her experience for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Cardiovascular Diseases Contribute To Cognitive Impairment
“I suddenly lost all feeling in my right arm, and I couldn’t speak. I have trouble with numbers and working with when multiple things are going on, I have trouble focusing and concentrating,” said Anjie Valgardson. She had to quit her job in nursing, a fact which proved to be an even more devastating factor.
Besides Anjie’s case, there are many others. According to the study carried out by the Heart and Stroke Foundation, about 40 percent of the individuals diagnosed with cardiovascular diseases, returned to the doctor with cognitive impairment. “We found lots of research that says the two, once you have any heart condition, puts you at much-increased risk of cognitive impairment and dementia which is the worst form,” explained Patrice Lindsay from the Foundation.
“We tend to think of older people of having a risk of vascular cognitive impairment, and what this report draws attention to is people with even, or younger people with other types of heart conditions are also at risk of vascular cognitive impairment,” also said Dr. Shelley Zieroth.
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